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Court order forces one man to stop calling himself a doctor
Published Wednesday, July 20, 2011 6:10PM MDT
Alberta's College of Physicians and Surgeons have gotten a court order that will force one Edmonton man to stop telling clients he's a doctor.
The college says the man who runs Ultra Medic Laser Skin Studio in south Edmonton had been telling his patients he's a doctor, but he's not. Now a court order will forbid the man from using any terms that implies he is a medical doctor.
Clients who thought they were a doctor's patient walked in and out of Sukhdave Seerha's business.
And for some of those patients, it came as a real shock that he's not actually a doctor. One woman who asked not to be named says she is now contemplating trying to get her money back.
"I'm a little mortified. I've got a lot of money tied up in Ultra Medic. Procedures that should cost thousands of dollars, he's offering for hundreds of dollars. But still it's hundreds of dollars, maybe that's what it is, you get what you pay for," the woman said.
Seerha is still doing hair removal on clients who are getting discounts with online coupons.
The college looked into the man's purported medical training after a woman came forward with a complaint back in February that she was burned by a laser.
"This is someone who was implying he was a medical doctor, using terms like dermatologist and doctor when he had not obtained those qualifications," said Kelly Eby, spokesperson for Alberta's College of Physicians and Surgeons.
The college is now looking at trying to get the government to ensure laser clinics are run by those with medical training.
The college could not do anything about the initial allegation that Seerha burned a patient with a laser because he's not a doctor. So they did what they could by getting a court order.
With files from David Ewasuk